Basic chess tactics for beginners

White to move and win. (Solution below)

White mates in two, beginning with Re8+. After black captures that white rook, the other white rook will capture it: checkmate.

Many chess combinations consist of either a checkmate, pin, knight fork, or an overworked piece. By learning to recognize these patterns, you may be able to see where they might be applied in your own chess games.


















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In the above position, a common pattern gives white the opportunity to win rather quickly. This is one of the more difficult puzzles on this web site. See the combination after you recognize the pattern, then check below to see if you chose the right move.